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Primary osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is termed primary when there is no obvious cause for the joint disease.

There are two main subtypes of primary osteoarthritis:

  • classic osteoarthritis with with pain and dysfunction of one or two weightbearing joints

  • generalized nodal osteoarthritis often affecting the finger joints of middle-aged women

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